April 29, 2011

P.S.—4 silly questions

I recently had so much fun answering Annie at Wattlebird's 4 silly questions—I answered 6! You can check out my answers here!

Thanks to Annie for the fun diversion! She's always looking for people to play along, so head on over to her blog to find out how to participate.

Going to see Fast Five tonight. Who's excited? THIS GIRL. Happy weekend!

Happy 1st birthday, Chocolate and Cream Cake!

Dearest blog,

Thank you for all that you've done for me over the past year. You've grown by leaps and bounds, introduced me to new and wonderful people from around the globe, and proven to me that the old "third time's a charm" adage really does ring true.

Working on you has been at times both wonderful and tedious, but I think we've finally hit our stride. I can't wait to make you even better in the years to come.

Here's to you, you classy thing!

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April 28, 2011

Nerd News: Harry Potter (natch), Lois Lane, silly Star Trek and more

Vol. 2, Issue 17

Ugh. Shiver. Cheer. Sniffle. Guh.

I'm not going to know what to do with myself when this is over! (I love that Harry calls Voldy "Tom" so blatantly. Does he in the book? I can't remember. But it's so badass.)

In other HP news, it was only a matter of time ...

Why yes, I am a Ravenclaw. *wink*

In TV news:

I enjoy that the old theme is back; it's super iconic (for those in the know).

This made me smile when I stumbled across it:


As did this:


In science news:
Ever wondered what DC comics are the same age as you? Now you can find out, in this crazy detailed index.

Dance of Dragons is done, Song of Ice and Fire fans!

This Little Thor isn't as cute as Little Darth, but I appreciate Marvel's playfulness.


In movie news:
A couple more movie trailers:

X-Men: First Class (With a little more action than the one I posted last week.)



Lois Lane is awesome. (Click to embiggen.)


While we're on the subject, this is such a great idea for a story series:


I'm sad that it didn't work out. I love Daniel Krall's art and illustration style.

I also love Katie Cook's style. How cute is this victorian Rainbow Bright?


Some life lessons Stargate can learn from other cancelled shows. Universe, sadly, is finally getting really good with these last few episodes.

These X-Men character comparisons are cool. (And no, I'm not exactly sure why they all have the wrong names on them.)


I'll leave you today with another silly mashup that's so bizarre it works:


April 27, 2011

The ABCs of Mandy

I've been seeing this meme/survey pop up on the blogosphere lately (most recently at Wattlebird), and I thought it would be a great way to transition from the first half of this week into the second. Easy, and yet both entertaining and informative (maybe?). And oh-so-reminiscent of my college years. So here goes.

GPOY, feeling the mid-week sleepies

Age: 27

Bed size: Queen. I really think we need a new one, however, since I've had this one since high school. (Ew?)

Chore you hate: Weeding. Thank goodness I live in an apartment.

Dogs: One—Mrs. Mollie Weasley, the chihuahua-mutt.

Essential start of your day: Shower. Email. Coffee.

Favorite color: Red.

Gold or silver: Silver or white gold. However, occasionally mix in some yellow.

Height: 5'6". Although Colt swears I'm shorter. I really need to measure myself.

Instruments I play (or have played): Does my voice count?

Job title: Copy editor/staff writer.

Kids: Eventually, yes. But I've got a good decade left, at least according to the ages at which my mom and both my grandmothers had kids.

Live: Austin, TX.

Mom's name: Cheryl.

Nickname: Mandy is acually a nickname, for Amanda. But I also go/have gone by Pants, Mama Mandy, one half of The Murtis, Manders, Mando, Mandustries, Mandalay, Mandalay Industries, Mandolin, Manderpants ... pretty much anything that starts with m-a-n.

Overnight hospital stays: Never. Unless you count when I was born. I've gone to the emergency room late at night for myself and for others, however.

Pet peeve: Improper grammar. Tailgaiting. The inability to listen before arguing/jumping to conclusions (which I myself am guilty of from time to time).

Quote: "I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of stars makes me dream."—Vincent Van Gogh

"Something doesn't make sense ... let's go and poke it with a stick."—The Doctor

"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."—Roald Dahl

Right or left handed: Right.

Siblings: None, officially. I have a lovely SIL and BIL, however, who I adore.

Time you wake up: Between 5:40 and 6:10 on weekdays, 8:00 or later on weekends.

Underwear: Every day? Clean?

Vegetables you dislike: Sun-dried tomatoes. Although, those are a fruit ...

What makes you run late: Me being too picky about myself.

X-rays you've had done: Teeth, hand ... I had an MRI on my brain, too, which sort of counts.

Yummy food you make: Penne pasta and red sauce with Italian sausage. Colt's favorite.

Zoo animal: Rhinoceros. (It's the first one that came to mind.)

Hope you enjoyed my answers. Please let me know if you take part? I'd love to read yours!


Also, I want to give a big thank you! to Liz of Liz Lemon, who honored me with this really sweet award:

That "funked up" spelling drives me crazy too, Liz.

April 26, 2011

obsessed.: Mrs. Munger's Class

When out to dinner with our good friends the other night, I was reminded of one of my favorite parts of the 90s Disney's One Saturday Morning, the short cartoon Mrs. Munger's Class.

I've thought about this cartoon over the years, and once scoured the Internet for clips, finding very little. When I did a search this past weekend, however, I hit the motherload. Does anyone else remember this cartoon?

A little background:
Mrs. Munger's Class was two seasons of brief, 90-second skits on Disney's One Saturday Morning on ABC that featured the talking heads of a middle school yearbook page. The kids in the photos would often exchange silly dialogue and insults, while Mrs. Munger would tell them to "Simmer down! Simmer! Simmer!" The camera would focus on whoever was speaking on one part of the yearbook page and quickly pan to follow the dialogue. Students would move between the pictures to interact with one another. The show was in black and white, but color was used on occasion (on field trips or to show cosmetics). (via)
And now for the good stuff:

Mrs. Munger has some killer exclamations.

April 25, 2011

Lusting after ...

Back with another installment of material want!

This coat:

(Why I want a coat is beyond me, it's 90 degrees outside!)

And this coat, for the hubs:

(The personal space heater needs a coat even less than I do, but it's so handsome!)

An Xbox Kinect, and this game:

(It would be so silly, yet so fun!)

This ring:

(I wear four rings every day: my three-ring wedding set and a claddagh my parents gave me years ago. I don't really wear other rings frequently, and yet I long for unique options. For when I feel the need to spice things up.)

Tickets to a Michael Bublé concert.

(Even if he comes across a bit smarmy to some, I adore his voice and his songs. Also, trying to find art for this, I just found that he'll be in Austin in June. Hmm ...)

My very own TARDIS.

(It would make things SO much easier. And more complex, but that's the fun of it!)

Have you run across anything don't-want-to-live-without-fabulous recently?

April 22, 2011

The most important things are the hardest to say, ...

" ... because words diminish them."--Stephen King

I know it's not Thanksgiving, but I have a lot of things to be thankful for this weekend. Three day weekends. Good health. Spending time with family. My lovely blog friends. Celebrating being married to the love of my life for six months.

I hope all of you have such wonderful things to be thankful for as well! Happy weekend, happy Easter, happy love!

April 21, 2011

Nerd News: Fast Five scene, HP7:2 stills, Nintendo art and more

Vol. 2, Issue 16

I'd like to start off this issue of NN with a little tribute. I was saddened to hear that Elisabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who and The Adventures of SJS spin-off, died this week, far too young.


Now let's move on to happier things.

In movie news this week:
And a few extended trailers/scenes:

Cowboys and Aliens


X-Men: First Class


Fast Five (A bit spoilery ...)


Are you in need of a Doctor Who t-shirt? How about 100 of them?

I'm a fan of these reimagined 80s movie posters.


And these Doctor Who Ponies.


I'm not sure how I feel about this Star Wars/Star Trek mashup ...

But there's no denying that Phil Noto's work is gorgeous.

I would have posted this Empire Strikes Back recap—in icons—here, but it's huge. (And impressive!)

In TV news this week:
First there were Chicks with Steve Buscemeyes. Then, there was Steve Buscemi with chick's eyes. Then, the Internet got even more literal with Chick(en)s with Steve Buscemi eyes and Steve with Chick(en) eyes. Finally, the meme left the Internet; you can now put Steve's eyes on anything you want!

This Planet of the Apes infographic explains a lot about the somewhat confusing canon.

Joss Whedon and Warren Ellis are gearing up for a new online ... something ...

These posters would be great for a game room.


And I love these "historical" images of Wonder Woman and Snow White.

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I need this shirt to go along with my Chewie and Han shirt.

(Thanks again, Shaun.)

In science news:
What's your (geek) sign? I'm a Treasure Hunter. (Click to embiggen.)


And finally, look at these BAMFs. I <3 Neville a lot.

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